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Personnel Changes: Sun Life, Old Mutual, Symetra

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Sun Life Financial U.S. has hired Michele Van Leer to be vice president of its individual division.

Van Leer will succeed Claude Accum, the vice president who now is general manager of the division, according to Sun Life Financial U.S., Wellesley Hills, Mass., a unit of Sun Life Financial Inc., Toronto.

Accum will move to the Retirement Services Inc. unit at the U.S. operation in the fall, and Van Leer will become general manager of the individual division at that time, Sun Life says.

Van Leer previously was an executive vice president in the long term care insurance business at John Hancock Life Insurance Company, Boston, which is now a unit of Manulife Financial Corp., Toronto.

Van Leer has a bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries, and she holds the Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant professional designations.

In other personnel news:

- Old Mutual Financial Network, Atlanta, has hired Brian Grigg to be vice president for brokerage annuity.

Grigg previously was the channel manager for annuity master general agent distribution at a unit of Sun Life.

Grigg has a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Merrimack College and a master’s degree in business from the University of Massachusetts. He holds the Certified Financial Planner, Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant professional designations.

Old Mutual Financial Network is the marketing name for a group of companies that includes Fidelity and Guaranty Life Insurance Company, Americom Life and Annuity Insurance Company and Fidelity and Guaranty Life of New York. The group is an arm of Old Mutual P.L.C., London.

- Symetra Financial, Bellevue, Wash., has hired Thomas Waters to be senior vice president for new business development for its financial institutions channel.

Waters previously was a senior vice president for new business development at INVEST Financial Corp., Tampa, Fla., a unit of the U.S. operations of Prudential P.L.C., London.


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